|1||John Tavares, C, London (OHL) --|
|SKINNY: No change here, despite the rumblings. The draft's best player goes No. 1.|
|2||Matt Duchene, C, Brampton (OHL) +1|
|SKINNY: Duchene to Tampa means either he or Stamkos will be skating on the wing.|
|3||Victor Hedman, D, MODO Hockey (Sweden) -1|
|SKINNY: Colorado always had great offensive players; now they get a franchise building-block on D.|
|4||Evander Kane, C, Vancouver (WHL) -1|
|SKINNY: In 3 or 4 years, with Kovalchuk on the left and Kane on the right, the center almost wouldn't matter.|
|5||Brayden Schenn, C, Brandon (WHL) +4|
|SKINNY: Big-game performer tied for team lead in playoff scoring; great mix of talent and toughness.|
|6||Jared Cowen, D, Spokane (WHL) --|
|SKINNY: Coyotes loaded up front; now they get a piece to build their defense corps on.|
|7||Zack Kassian, RW, Peterborough (OHL) +17|
|SKINNY: Scoring (24 goals) and penalty minutes (136) too much for GM Brian Burke to pass on.|
|8||Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, RW/LW, Timra (Sweden) --|
|SKINNY: The Stars have had good luck crossing the pond; that trend will continue with Swedish game-breaker.|
|9||John Moore, D, Chicago (USHL) +12|
|SKINNY: Smooth-skating Moore a nice fit for a team looking for offensive-minded defenders.|
|10||Scott Glennie, RW, Brandon (WHL) --|
|SKINNY: Not as feisty as linemate Schenn, but is just as gifted offensively.
|11||Jordan Schroeder, C, Minnesota (WCHA) --|
|SKINNY: Another overachieving season for the Preds, another steal at the Draft table.|
|12||Jacob Josefson, C, Djurgardens (Sweden) +1|
|SKINNY: Wild fill second-line center need with talented Swede.|
|13||Simon Despres, D, Saint John (QMJHL) -8|
|SKINNY: Despres has the tools Sabres looking for -- poise, calm, precision.|
|14||Nazem Kadri, C, London (OHL) -7|
|SKINNY: A top-six forward to play with emerging talents in Booth, Frolik, Horton.|
|15||Carter Ashton, RW, Lethbridge (WHL) --|
|SKINNY: A late-season injury may have knocked him down Draft board. Potential sleeper.|
|16||Dmitry Kulikov, D, Drummondville (QMJHL) +4|
|SKINNY: Jackets' top-six good and getting better; now defense gets a boost with Kulikov's ability.
|17||Landon Ferraro, C, Red Deer (WHL) -3|
|SKINNY: Stable so stocked, they might run out of room for all the thoroughbreds.
|18||Jeremy Morin, LW, USNTDP --|
|SKINNY: Member of 2008-09 triple-crown Team USA; brings speed, skill, leadership.|
|19||Ryan Ellis, D, Windsor (OHL) --|
|SKINNY: Fourth offensive D-man pick in five drafts, blue line soon will be envy of the League.
|20||Chris Kreider, C, Phillips Andover Academy (Mass.) +9|
|SKINNY: Flames not known for taking high schoolers, but Kreider's potential too much to pass on.
|21||Zach Budish, RW, Edina (Minn.) High +1|
|SKINNY: Flyers can afford to gamble on Budish, who missed all season with knee injury.
|22||Dylan Olsen, D, Camrose (AJHL) +1|
|SKINNY: Canucks talented up front; with Olsen they get meaner, bigger on back end.
|23||Louis Leblanc, C, Omaha (USHL) +2|
|SKINNY: Devils would leap to the podium if Leblanc is really available here.
|24||Nick Leddy, D, Eden Prairie (Minn.) High +3|
|SKINNY: Minnesota's "Mr. Hockey" would look good running a power play next to Mike Green.
|25||Drew Shore, C, USNTDP NR|
|SKINNY: Numbers don't reflect his deep reservoir of talent.
N.Y. Islanders (from SJS/OTT)
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Leksand (Sweden) NR|
|SKINNY: The Isles' top-6 will soon be a force: Ekman-Larsson brings top-notch talent to the back end.|
|27||Stefan Elliot, D, Saskatoon (WHL) +1|
|SKINNY: With young, dynamic forward group; Elliot brings game-breaker potential to blue line.
|28||Peter Holland, C, Guelph (OHL) -16|
|SKINNY: Blackhawks find the two-way, second-line center they need behind Jonathan Toews.|
|29||Kyle Palmieri, C, USNTDP +1|
|SKINNY: Forget off-ice issues -- this is the goal-scoring winger GM Ray Shero dreams about.
|30||Calvin De Haan, D, Oshawa (OHL) NR|
|SKINNY: Wings won't have Lidstrom, Rafalski forever; point-per-game D-man a nice follow-up.|